Two Former Polce Officers Lose Case Against City Of Corbin In Civil Court

It took a seven-woman, five-man jury a little over an hour to conclude that the city of Corbin did nothing wrong when it laid off two Corbin police officers in 2014. Jonathan Dean and Kyle Gray filed a wrongful termination suit shortly after being laid off in 2014, as part of a workforce reduction effort that saw the elimination of four police officer positions in the Corbin Police Department. Nine of the 12 jurors answered “No” to the question of whether they believed the city of Corbin had breached the terms of the contract entered into with Dean and Gray when it reduced the size of the police force and terminated or laid off the two officers. Nine of the 12 jurors also answered “No” to the question of whether Dean had proven that his termination did not occur in the reverse order of seniority. He had alleged that another officer with less seniority should have been laid off before he was. A minimum of nine of the jurors had to agree in order to reach a verdict in the lawsuit. In civil cases unanimous verdicts aren’t required.

City Of Corbin Hires Four New Officers

The Corbin Police Department has hired four new officers, and Chief Rusty Hedrick said that brings it up to full force. At a recent regular monthly meeting of the Corbin City Commission, Hedrick announced that the addition of Caleb Hester, William Stewart, Estes Rhodes and Justin Walker would give the department 19 officers. Hedrick said they are scheduled to begin work in early July.

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Jobless Rates Fall In 74 Kentucky Counties

Kentucky officials say unemployment rates fell in 74 of the state's 120 counties between May 2016 and May 2017. The state Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates rose in 28 counties during that period and stayed the same in 18 counties. The agency says Woodford County had the state's lowest jobless rate at 3 percent. It was followed by Oldham County at 3.3 percent and Shelby County at 3.4 percent. Next were Fayette and Spencer counties at 3.5 percent each. Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 16.6 percent. Leslie County was next at 9.9 percent, followed by Elliott County at 9.8 percent, Letcher County at 9.7 percent and Harlan County at 9.5 percent.

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London PD Graduates Another RAD Self Defense Class

The London Police Department recently graduated another RAD class at the Laurel County Public Library. Officer Kenny Jones and Courtney Woods conducted the class along with help from Angie Bowling from the Williamsburg Police Department. Officers say thirty-five percent of women in Kentucky have been assaulted or stalked by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. They say women's self-defense is an important tool not only for teens but also adults. For more information on the RAD self defense classes call London PD at 878-7004.

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London Woman Facing Several Charges After Stealing Van And Running From Police

A woman in Laurel County is facing several charges after deputies say she stole a van and then tried to run from police while high on drugs. Deputies responded to a complaint that a van belonging to a TV and internet service had been stolen off Pine Top Road west of London. The stolen van was equipped with GPS that the deputies used to track it to a wooded area off Green Meadow Drive, about 7 miles from where it was stolen. When deputies arrived there, they say 32 year old Lee Ann Hammack of London got out of the van and ran into the woods. The deputies used a K-9 unit to find Hammack and arrested her after a short struggle. Officers found the keys to the van and items stolen from the van in Hammack’s possession. They also determined she was under the influence of drugs. Hammack also had numerous outstanding warrants, including an indictment warrant for the theft of another vehicle. Hammack was charged with theft, criminal mischief, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and public intoxication by controlled substances, among other things. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Whitley County Fire Suspected To Be Arson

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says police are investigating an early morning fire as a case of suspected arson. Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire on Letha Petrey Road near Williamsburg on Thursday morning. Crews put out the fire. There are no reports of injuries. Officials did not say why they suspect the fire is arson. Sheriff Harrell says his office has turned over the investigation to Kentucky State Police.

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Police In Pulaski County Investigating After Body Is Found In Camper

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in a camping trailer. Deputies were acting on a tip they received when they found the body in the camper near Loop 5 off U.S. 27 south of Burnside. Their preliminary investigation revealed someone killed him within the past few days. It appears whoever killed the man tried to cover it up by intentionally setting fire to the camper trailer; however, the fire was quickly put out by the Tateville Fire Department. Deputies say they are pursuing several leads. At last report the man's identity had not yet been released. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 678-5145, the Somerset Police Department at 678-5176 or the Kentucky State Police at 878-6622.

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Laurel County Police Investigating Apparent Murder-Suicide

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide. Officers were called out to a home off Hwy 229, about 2 miles south of London Tuesday evening. The investigating detective reports there apparently was a domestic argument and the husband, 33 year old Joseph B. Mills, apparently shot his wife, 34 year old Shannon M. Mills,  multiple times and then shot himself. Both were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in London. Both were pronounced deceased a short time later.

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Cumberlands Baseball Player Reportedly Murdered In An Online Purchase Of A Cell Phone

The family of a murdered University of the Cumberlands baseball player, Zachary Finch, says he was murdered when he tried to buy a cell phone and hopes anyone with information will come forward. The family joined investigators at news conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. His family says Finch drove to a Charlotte apartment complex to buy a cell phone from someone through an app called "LetGo," but the deal turned into a robbery that went tragically wrong. Police found Finch in the front yard of an apartment complex. He was pronounced dead on scene. Police are investigating Finch's death as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 704-334-1600.

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Man Accused Of Punching And Head Butting Laurel County Deputies Indicted

A Corbin man accused of punching and head butting Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies who were investigating a domestic violence complaint at his residence in May has been indicted on assault and multiple other charges. A Laurel County grand jury returned the indictment against 42-year-old Dennis Jay Stewart. Stewart is facing two counts of third-degree assault on a police officer, two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police – on foot, second-degree disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest stemming from the May 11 incident on South Ky. 1223. Deputies say while Stewart was allegedly under the influence of some type of drug, they didn't find any at the residence. The deputies were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph – London for treatment of injuries.

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